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The Janks

In the upcoming EP, Meet The Janks, Los Angeles based rock group THE JANKS made it their mission to produce music in the same way they live their lives, with both sincerity and irreverence, strength and vulnerability, with control and chaos. Their sound is deeply rooted in the brotherly two part harmony tradition of the Kinks and the Everly Brothers while invoking the musical stylings reminiscent of bands like the Raconteurs and Jeff Buckley. The way KROQ describes it, “Imagine Jack White had a baby withJimmy Page. And that baby had a brother. And those brothers were adopted and raised by a commune of KROQ Local’s Only favorites like Father John Misty and Family of the Year. That’s a smattering of the sensibilities and stylings you get in The Janks.”
Though the group has gone through various incarnations, Zachary Zmed (Vocals, Guitar) has remained the one constant. In 2010, he was joined by his brother Dylan Zmed (Vocals, Mandolin) releasing their second record Hands of Time. Along with touring both coasts, songs 'Demon Dance' and 'Rat Racers' have been featured on MTV's Real World Portland. In early 2012, the 'Brothers Zmed' were joined by Paul Kilmister (Bass, Production) and Leon LeDoux (Drums) affirming the bands mission. Since then, THE JANKS have played more than 250 shows including a West Coast tour, performing at the Troubadour, a residency at the Bootleg Theater and an upcoming residency at the Satellite. LA Music Blog notes, “Their charisma and unapologetic joy for playing music comes through in full force during their shows.” THE JANKS were also honored to be the backing band at LACMA for Billy Steinberg (Like a Virgin, True Colors), Rick Knowles (White Flag, Heaven is a Place On Earth) and JoJo (Too Little, Too Late).
Meet The Janks will be released in August at their Satellite residency. Recorded in the same room at the same time, the EP captures the same atmosphere developed over their time together playing live shows. Following the release of Meet The Janks, the JANKS will continue to write and record new music with plans to find management and to pursue touring opportunities at the conclusion of the August Residency at the Satellite.

The Active Set

> The Active Set was born of the excitement of late '70s/early '80s post-punk and new wave, unified with '90s alternative and viewed through the referential lens of the '00s. Drawing from this wide range of influences, the band has crafted a sound that is both intelligent and energetic, with driven melodies and smart hooks. Formed by Los Angeles native Matthew Stolarz, the Active Set was a backlash to the dissatisfaction of continually playing in other people’s bands. Drawing from a wide range of influences, he had written an abundance of material that needed a proper home. Collaborating in the studio with producer Jason LaRocca, the first EP was created. Once the lineup was secured, the band played became regulars in the L.A. scene. After a successful bout of touring the west coast they began work on their first album “11”. It was released to fantastic reviews including a feature in the L.A. Times, celebrating the album’s energy and eclecticism. They continued to support the album, traveling to SXSW and eventually touring with Neon Trees and AWOL Nation. Back in L.A. the band started writing new material and continued playing up and down California, including Sunset Strip Music Festival where they were voted one of the “Top 5 bands at SSMF”. After this, all focus went on finishing the EP "Lights" which was released in Spring 2015. The single “Shut ’’Em Down” spent several months playing on KROQ Locals Only. The band continued touring regionally and played two sold out shows with Bloc Party prior to their appearance at FYF Fest. That winter, the band scrapped all their earlier demos and wrote their new EP from scratch, teaming up once again with producer Jason LaRocca. The results are the new EP "Everyhting Changes", due out November 18.

The Golden Ghosts

“Their music is groovy and really quite infectious”
Submerge Magazine
“Twangy Southern-inspired brand of rock ‘n’ roll”
Sacramento Press
“Cool rock rifts and inciting timbre that you can’t help but tap your feet to”
“Their sound can be attributed to a 70′s rock revival mixed with your favorite elements of shoegaze and post punk. [They] put on a show nothing less than an energetic party starter”


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